12. Masking texture
Now we need to mask this texture. Hold the Alt / Opt key and click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon to add a black mask to the layer mask. Do this for both layers of skin texture. Activate the Brush tool (B), set the opacity of the brush to 10% and carefully paint with white the areas in which you want to show the texture.
Start with a layer with a finer texture, and when done, draw in the mask area of the larger layer where you want it to appear. This is a very painstaking face retouch in Photoshop. Stock up on time and patience. Remove white areas where the texture looks flat or unnatural.
13. Other spots
At this stage, we will create a stain layer and fix everything that we can visually identify. Create a new layer and name it “Blemishes”. Select the Healing Brush tool (J), set the pattern to Active and Below. Continue reading